A nose-ring-wearing guy who most certainly looks like a leftist has reportedly been let completely off the hook for throwing a beer can at Sen. Ted Cruz during a parade two months ago.
Why? Because the guy apparently successfully convinced a grand jury that he’d simply been “trying to get the Senator to chug a drink,” as reported by John Wayne Ferguson of the Houston Chronicle.
Confirmed this is real. Lawyers for the man accused of throwing unopened cans of liquor at Ted Cruz says he was trying to get the Senator to chug a drink. Story TK @HoustonChron https://t.co/QqG5RohNfe
— John Wayne Ferguson (@JohnWFerguson) November 9, 2022
The guy, identified as Joseph Halm Arcidiacono, 33, was arrested on Nov. 7th, the day of the Astros World Series victory parade.
“HPD made one arrest during today’s victory parade. A male, 33, threw a beer can at U.S. Senator Ted Cruz as the Senator was on a float in the 2400 block of Smith St. The beer can struck the Senator in the chest/neck area. The Senator did not require medical attention,” the Houston Police Department reported at the time.
“Nearby HPD officers arrested the male without further incident. He was taken to jail and faces assault charges. We will release the suspect’s name and booking photo here when formal charges are filed,” the department added.
Below is a photo of the guy:
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) November 8, 2022
Does he look like a conservative, particularly the type who’d want to drink a beer with Sen. Ted Cruz, who’s otherwise reviled by the left?
Watch him throwing the beer can below:
Beer flies at Ted Cruz during Astros World Series Parade pic.twitter.com/lRALgyXCe2
— Alien Truther Wildwest (@wcgroovy) November 7, 2022
Notice how the can almost hit Cruz in the face.
According to local station KPRC, a witness told prosecutors “he was standing appropriately 15 feet behind Cruz when he observed Arcidiacono run up towards a barrier wall at the parade and throw the two cans at Cruz.”
“A prosecutor said a witness was able to grab Arcidiacono while he was running away and walk him over to officers after he threw the cans,” the station reported last week.
“Arcidiacono allegedly told officers, ‘I know, I’m an idiot. I’m sorry,’ while he was being detained. He was subsequently charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. He then posted a bond, which had been set at $40,000.”
Cruz meanwhile essentially shrugged it all off.
“As always I’m thankful for the Houston Police and Capitol Police for their quick action. I’m also thankful that the clown who threw his White Claw had a noodle for an arm,” he tweeted after the parade.
As always I’m thankful for the Houston Police and Capitol Police for their quick action.
I’m also thankful that the clown who threw his White Claw had a noodle for an arm. https://t.co/CRSfNHckA2
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 7, 2022
Now fast-forward to these past week, when a grand jury chose to not indict Arcidiacono.
“The charges have been dropped against the man accused of throwing cans of White Claw at Sen. Ted Cruz during the Astros World Series parade. A grand jury failed to find an indictment,” Ferguson reported.
Update: The charges have been dropped against the man accused of throwing cans of White Claw at Sen. Ted Cruz during the Astros World Series parade.
— John Wayne Ferguson (@JohnWFerguson) January 7, 2023
The lack of an indictment sparked some outrage on social media, even from — surprisingly enough — a very few number of people who don’t like Cruz but who do still have respect for the law and basic decency.
“Not that Cancun Ted isn’t a terrible person, but this guy should probably do a little time… we really shouldn’t tolerate people throwing beer cans at folks,” one such critic opined on Twitter.
Look at this and other complaints below:
This case needs to go to a federal grand jury since KIM OGG and Co refused to do their job. The double standard I have just seen is sickening. If that can had been thrown at Democrats such as Turner, Hidalgo, Jackson Lee or Green the guy would be UNDER THE JAIL.
— RealTigreMartinez (@RealTigreM) January 7, 2023
A prosecutor can sway a grand jury in the direction of his choosing. My bet is this prosecutor didn’t want an indictment. If the same prosecutor was dealing with the same fact pattern but the accused was wearing a MAGA hat and threw beers at Chuck Schumer, he’d be indicted.
— Liberty! (@Liberty67452) January 7, 2023
Bunch of democrats in the grand jury, that hate Ted Cruz, you cant get anymore evidence then what was presented. I guess political affiliation trumpts rule of law! Pathetic America!
— Sherman P (@ShermanChaffin) January 7, 2023
When we fail to hold people accountable for their actions, they are emboldened and will repeat or even elevate their disgusting, dangerous behavior.
This is a shame.
— Claud E. (@ClaudPhilosophy) January 7, 2023
Not that Cancun Ted isn’t a terrible person, but this guy should probably do a little time… we really shouldn’t tolerate people throwing beer cans at folks…
— gregg (@Chair_borne) January 7, 2023
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